ST. LOUIS --With his first strikeout in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Pirates, Adam Wainwright passed Dizzy Dean (1,095) for second on the Cardinals' all-time strikeout list with 1,096. He finished with eight to push his career total to 1,103.
The Cardinals' ace still has a long ways to go to catch franchise leader Bob Gibson, who fanned 3,117 through 528 career games with St. Louis.
Wainwright moved past Chris Carpenter for third on Aug. 23 with his 1,090th strikeout. Back-to-back poor outings versus the Reds, in which he surrendered 17 hits and 15 runs with just five strikeouts, delayed his rise to second until Saturday. He limited the Bucs to two hits and two walks over seven shutout innings.
"Today I wanted to go out and repeat my delivery and execute pitches," Wainwright said. "Directionally I was a little off the last few starts, and today everything was working toward the catcher, not horizontally. Everything was going straight toward the catcher. I think my stuff was drastically different because of that."
Wainwright finished Saturday ranked second in the National League in strikeouts (195), trailing only the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw (201).
Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.